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Deron Williams trade: Williams unhappy?

Posted on: February 23, 2011 1:05 pm

Posted by Matt Moore

The Salt Lake City Tribune reports on Deron Williams' reaction to being traded to the New Jersey Nets

The Trib also reports that Williams was "dumbfounded" regarding trade and had no idea it was coming.'s Ken Berger reports the same, that Williams is not happy with this trade. If true, you have to wonder about two different issues. 

1. Did the Jazz make this move too soon and if so, why? The Jazz must have been concerned about Williams leaving them high and dry like LeBron James did Cleveland and Carmelo Anthony threatened to do with Denver. There have been reports about increasing frustration from Williams this season over the team spinning its wheels in place and even regressing. This seems like a reactionary fallout move from Jerry Sloan's resignation, almost as if the Jazz were saying "We don't want the guy who drove Sloan out." Which is kind of insane, considering Jerry Sloan's age and the fact that Williams is an All-Star who don't exactly grow on trees, I don't care how many picks the Nets gave you. If Williams was amiable at all to staying in Utah, the Jazz should have done everything in their power to keep him. But that's fairly obvious, so you have to think at some point, the Jazz got the impression that Williams was not going to be in Utah in 2012-2013, and decided to cash in now. 

2. If Williams didn't sign off on this trade, why did the Nets do it?  The Nets just got through with the Carmelo Anthony negotiations, and were unwilling to take on Anthony without his extension. Williams is unable to sign such an extension until July 9th, but if he's unhappy with this trade, aren't the Nets in the exact same position as they would have been with Anthony in a "rental" situation? If Williams is unhappy in New Jersey and elects not to re-sign with the Nets, Prokhorov will have just traded Devin Harris, Derrick Favors, and two first-round draft picks for 1.3 years of Deron Williams, who could very well just take the subway over to MSG and sign with the Knicks. Sure, it's not the deal that included all those in this trade plus Troy Murphy and another pick the Nuggets were asking for, but it's still quite a bit. This is still a brilliant deal for the Nets, but now the pressure is on to make major strides in order to convince Williams he wants to commit to Brooklyn upon relocation. It's got a huge payoff, but this is certainly a massive gamble without clearing the trade with Williams first. 


Since: Feb 24, 2011
Posted on: February 24, 2011 12:39 pm

Deron Williams trade: Williams unhappy?

shut up i bet hes glad to be out off utah its boring azz hell there and utah was not trying to win a ring

Since: Feb 24, 2011
Posted on: February 24, 2011 12:38 pm

Deron Williams trade: Williams unhappy?

the utah jazz is nothing  with out deron williams lol  devin harris derrick favors oh wow real scary im mad that hes with a weaker team but  the utah jazz are dum azz  gething reed  of  great  players like kyle korver and ronny brewer  and mattews thy are stupied i bet u deron williams will win a ring be for the weak azz jazz

Since: May 13, 2008
Posted on: February 23, 2011 6:43 pm

Deron Williams trade: Williams unhappy?

Who would be happy to go to the Nets? Seriously, he was on a playoff team now he is on a gargabe team that has no shot at the playoffs unless some kind of magic happen but we all know that is not going to happen. The Jazz will benefit dearly if they get a lottery pick with one of there first round picks. Deron Williams is great point guard and he will make them alot better than they are now. I would be suprised if they keep him and land a another big name. But anything is possible in the NBA right now. The power is definitely shifting to the East and i hope this plays out well for Deron Williams good luck brother!!!!!!!!!

Since: May 17, 2009
Posted on: February 23, 2011 5:30 pm

Deron Williams trade: Williams unhappy?

Agreed, deal with it. It's your fault and you deserved it, punk. You're the one talking about leaving to New York when your contracts up anyway. So you deserve to go to a team that will win 30 games at most. You wanted out of Utah, good look with the Nets, you're going to need it D-Will. (17-40 as of now) Haha! Welcome Devin Harris and Derrick Favors, as well as our two projected top 10 drafts picks. Ahh the happiness.

Since: Jan 13, 2009
Posted on: February 23, 2011 4:41 pm

Deron Williams trade: Williams unhappy?

so this fool talked and acted his way out of a class organization and he is unhappy--too bad, deal with it.  Now we will see how good this guy really is when he is the top dog for sure on a lousy team--enjoy your early vacations big mouth cause it dont look like you will be at any playoff games without buying a ticket.HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. what a brialliant move by the jazz--cudos all around.

Since: Mar 18, 2008
Posted on: February 23, 2011 3:10 pm

Deron Williams trade: Williams unhappy?

This sounds like conjecture to me. Sources from the Salt Lake Tribune write that Raja Bell "said" that Deron was unhappy with the trade, and that he discovered that he was being traded while watching SportsCenter while working out with the team. Deron is difficult to read, so to say that he was unhappy with this trade is difficult to prove, considering he seemed pretty unhappy most of the time. Dude's got a massive chip on his shoulder and the burden of carrying that phantom load just got heavier. The Jazz's upper management saw this as an opporunity to revamp the entire organization and start from scratch. This actually may prove to be wise considering the fledgling experience of Larry Miller's son, Greg. But in the short term, this really sucks for the Jazz (and their fans) as we watch them plunge into the depths of obscurity. The Jazz were one of the "biggest" small-market teams in the NBA. Always in contention, but not close to championship caliber. I hope this works well for the Jazz, but I believe that they're headed down a dark path. I also think that Greg Miller and Kevin O'Connor are doing to live in infamy with the Jazz for a very, very long time if they can't turn something like this into a positive. I, for one, am bummed to see the organization I grew to love for the past 25 years disintegrate in two weeks...two months...or two years since LHM passed. 

Since: Jun 7, 2010
Posted on: February 23, 2011 2:36 pm

Deron Williams trade: Williams unhappy?

Deron Williams is one of the good guys, who worked hard to be in his position. Don't believe everything you hear from media who is really the only that benefits from this drama. They find gullible individuals like yourself that get pissed off from everything they read and hear.

Since: Mar 15, 2010
Posted on: February 23, 2011 2:32 pm

Deron Williams trade: Williams unhappy?

Good Job Jazz! Getting rid of this jerk while you can is a win win situation!

Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: February 23, 2011 2:00 pm

The final domino falls?

The culmination of two stun grenades lobbed into the Utah Jazz the past two years now come to light. I am talking about the Blazers' offers in each of the past two years of full mid-level exceptions, front-loaded, for Jazz restricted free agents. In 2009 Jazz power forward Paul Millsap signed a tender with Portland after the Jazz low-balled him. This was no ordinary tender, however but for the maximum allowed full five-year mid-level exception front-loaded with $9 million as a signing bonus. The Jazz, like many small market teams had carefully stayed under the luxury tax limit and were now forced to pay luxury tax in order to match their own restricted free agent. They did so and still elected to keep Carlos Boozer in that last year of his contract (although both played the same position). They then were forced to trade Eric Maynor, a key reserve to Oklahoma City along with Matt Harpring to lower their tax hit. That trade aggravated Deron Williams at the time.

Then again last summer the Blazers struck again, offering the entire mid-level excelption to Wesley Matthews, again front-loaded with $9M in signing bonus. The Jazz also lost Carlos Boozer to free agency for nothing except a large trade exception. This time the Jazz failed to match Matthews' tender even though he was a starter the previous year. Matthews' play in Portland this year has well justified his large contract, a modern record for 2nd year players. The Jazz used their trade exception to obtain Al Jefferson from Minnesota, again forcing their payroll into luxury tax this year. The year has gone badly for the Jazz as they sit currently in fourth in the Northwest Division and have lost their long-time coach, Jerry Sloan. The Deron Williams trade (their star again unhappy with the front office for its moves) relieves some of that burden and gets them something for Williams as they now must rebuild. The little noted transaction by the Blazers in 2009 has set off a chain of events which has led to the remaking of a difficult division rival. Little did we know!

Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: February 23, 2011 1:42 pm

Deron Williams trade: Williams unhappy?

Funny, the Berger story Moore references about Williams being unhappy with the trade never says he is, other than this line:  "And with early indications that Williams is not happy with the trade".  But there's never any "sources say yadda yadda yadda" or anything close to that.  No indication at all that anyone other than the reporter says Williams is unhappy. 

Right now, I'm putting this in the reporter prophecy category because no "reporter" on this site has offered any reason to think Williams has indicated he's unhappy.  This looks a lot like one of those situations where one reporter (Berger) says something and it gets repeated over and over again like gospel without anyone ever asking what the basis for the assertion was.  Maybe in some upcoming story they'll bother to actually do a little work and quote a source instead of guessing.

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